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Check the alterrnator, the electronic charge controller unit. Either of these must be weak or faulty.
The alternator can be tested for voltage with the engien running, the controller then can be estimated to give the charging current.
Use a good voltmeter/multimeter to check across battery for charging volatge with the engine reving.
Hope your battery is good, check .

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